Two more die from COVID-19 in Trumbull County
Mahoning becomes 1st county in Ohio with double-digit deaths
With another confirmed death, Mahoning County has 10 confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic — the most in the state and the first county to reach double digits in Ohio.
Meanwhile, the Trumbull County Combined Health District reported two more deaths in the county Wednesday, bringing its total number to five from the virus. That’s the fifth-most deaths of any county in the state.
The health district reported the two deaths late Wednesday, after the Ohio Department of Health provided its data.
At least 65 novel coronavirus deaths in Ohio were confirmed as of Wednesday, not including the two new ones in Trumbull.
Overall, the Mahoning Valley had 17 deaths — about one in every four deaths in the state were in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.
Mahoning County also had 177 confirmed cases of the virus as of Wednesday, the third most in the state and the most per capita of any county in Ohio, according to ODH.
Mahoning had nine reported deaths as of Tuesday and four as of Monday’s state report. The 10th death was a woman in her 70s who died Sunday.
Mahoning is the 12th-most populous county in Ohio.
With the two additional deaths, Trumbull now has the fifth-most COVID-19 deaths of any county in the state. It’s the 15th-most populous county in Ohio.
The state data can lag by a few days.
That’s evident by the state finally confirming Wednesday a third death in Trumbull County from the virus. That happened Sunday to a woman in her 70s and was reported Monday by that county’s health district.
Information about the two additional people who died from COVID-19 in Trumbull County was not made available by the county health district.
The state reported 2,547 confirmed cases of the virus Wednesday, up from 2,199 Tuesday, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
In Mahoning County, 177 cases were confirmed with 78 hospitalized, up from 153 and 70, respectively, Tuesday.
Trumbull County reported 58 cases with 28 hospitalized Wednesday, up from 50 and 26, respectively, a day earlier. That is the 10th-most cases of any county in the state.
In Columbiana County, 19 cases have been recorded with 12 hospitalized Wednesday, up from 15 and 9.
There remains two deaths in Columbiana County.
Statewide, 679 people were hospitalized as of Wednesday because of COVID-19, up from 585 Tuesday.
On Wednesday, 222 people were in intensive-care units with the virus Wednesday, up from 198 a day earlier.
“I wish I could give you hope about your summer, but the truth is if the curve peaks in May, it will be a slow process to get to the end of the curve,” said Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health.
She also said: “Don’t forget that everyone is going through the same stress.”
On Wednesday, Acton signed an order, effective immediately, requiring hospitals that don’t do their own COVID-19 testings — most don’t — to send the samples to a hospital that does testing. Gov. Mike DeWine said three hospital systems in Cleveland and one in Columbus have the capacity to do the tests.
Also, DeWine said as soon as the state gets rapid testing, expected next week, these will be available in “free-standing emergency departments, urgent care centers, free-standing ambulatory surgery centers — not in use due to postponement of elective surgeries — and hospital multi-use health care facilities that house a lab service.”
DeWine said he plans to sign an executive order today that he declined to discuss Wednesday, but hinted it will be far-reaching.
On March 22, DeWine ordered the closing of nonessential businesses and for the public to stay at home, effective at 11:59 p.m. March 23, through next Monday with exemptions. DeWine has declined to say when he’ll extend it, but acknowledged it was likely.